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Various Artists, Gimme Skelter (Buddyhead/Nettwerk)
A collection of odds and sods from indie rock legends, burgeoning luminaries and little knowns, Buddyhead’s Gimme Skelter compilation gathers an assortment of previously unreleased tracks but few new revelations. Mudhoney prove that they still can fire up the Marshall stack on the Jimi Hendrix themed “Hard-On For War” while Iggy Pop flounces under the guise of Buddyhead to produce some throw-away art-punk. The riot grrls are well represented as both Le Tigre and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs offer brief syncopated anti-pop offerings. Weezer continue their move from pop craftsmen to pseudo metal posturing with the inclusion of “You Won’t Get With Me Tonight”. The British appear to still be coming as seminal acts like Wire and Primal Scream offer up a remix and a live track, respectively. Combine these seminal acts with a handful of garage rock also rans and the result is quite under whelming. Instead of provide us with a state of the nation for rock music, simultaneously pointing forward and backward, Gimme Skelter does little more than confirm what we already knew about some established artists, while not really giving us a reason to care about a group of new ones.